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Archive July 2008

Piranhas split with Virgin plus more free mp3's

punkdaddy writes:

Euro 2008, Wimbledon, Glastonbury et al - stiff competition for punkbrighton, but despite it all here are our regular monthly freebies, does it get any better than this? You lucky bastards! Again we're giving away more Birds With Ears and Ammonites tracks and thanks to contributors we've built two new band pages: Slaves of Janet and Psycho Normal & His Stiff Victims, two brilliantly named outfits.

Not much on either of these bands, so if you have any recollections or other stuff you think we may be able to post, please get in touch. Links to all the giveaways and updates are listed in the box below. To find all our archived front pages click the Archives button.

Also feast your eyes upon an article from Brighton fanzine Situation Butane featuring a downloadable pdf of the Piranhas split with Virgin Records. Based on Bob Grover's obsession with Space Invaders machines, (newly installed in pubs and clubs), the Piranhas had written a song about it. Backed with Cheap 'n Nasty, a great live favourite, it certainly should have been pushed more than it was. It bombed. You can't blame the band. If a seemingly sympathetic record giant like Virgin couldn't push the right buttons, who could?

After the initial enthusiasm, Virgin got cold feet. As part of the general economic cutbacks in depressed little Britain at that time, Virgin decided they needed to trim their roster of bands - and our lovable Piranhas were the first to go. Some such comment was forthcoming from Richard Branson's first born: "We've already got Madness, we can't take a chance on another ska-based act..." Cowardly, I'd call it. Shortsighted. Typical record company. Up yours!

Birds With Ears Album: tracks 5 & 6 from their Youth In Asia album
The Ammonites: two more mp3 's from a recorded rehearsal
Slaves of Janet: new band page + photos & downloadable pdf
Psycho Normal & His Stiff Victims: new band page with cuttings
The Piranhas: the split with Virgin (downloadable pdf)
The Lillettes: Brighton Voice interview (downloadable pdf)
Vaultage 2008 print your own CD cover download
Stuart Jones his many blogs - tons of rare free mp3's
Archives trawl back through all our front pages

Horse & Groom Friday August 8th - Insane Society live on stage
+ Wag will be DJ-ing songs from Vaultage artists only. "It would be nice to see old faces in attendance" he says. Get yer arses down there.

Above: Space Invaders, The Piranhas one and only single release from Virgin Records
Where to find our music downloads:
Vaultage 78 | Vaultage 79 | Vaultage 80
Vaultage 08 |
Birds With Ears Album
Ammonites | Stu's post-punk compilation:
yet more free mp3's including
Bauhaus, The Lines, TV Smith and more...
Jamie Barnard Special Patrol
Visit last month's Archive June 2008
Check out the Archives to find all the old front pages right back to Year 2000. We go back a long way baby...

Watch punkdaddy's interview with the BBC

• The launch of our free mp3 downloads page in March 2007 was set up in conjunction with Attrix Records to commemorate 30 years of punk (see our March 07 Archive). If you have mp3's of your Brighton-based band (1976-81) and you want them uploaded, keep sending them in. To download a full size, fairly high-res printable jpeg version of our 'Make Your Own CD Cover' go to the July 07 Archive
Stuart asks: has anyone out there got a recording of a BBC Radio One session the Piranhas taped for Mike Read, dated 15/9/1980? It features two unavailable songs 'Two Time Sally' and 'Anything'